Humanitarian aid is becoming increasingly important as ever more emergencies such as natural disasters, wars, and pandemics threaten entire societies across the globe. During these emergencies, timely geospatial information about the event is crucial to enhance situational awareness for humanitarian aid. However, current monitoring approaches often cannot provide sufficient, timely, high-quality results for disaster management. In the case of refugee movements caused by such emergencies, there is often hardly any information available. Addressing and overcoming these limitations is critical for humanitarian aid and can be addressed with available big data.
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Conclusion of this thesis was, that social media analysis can be used as a flexible tool for humanitarian aid and help close the information gap until more data sources emerge and supplement existing findings. Additionally, social media outcomes serve as proxies for real-world geographic phenomena, as shown by comparisons of celled results and actual investigated events.
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